BasinGuide: A guide to river basin planning

The Australian Water Partnership has published BasinGuide: A Guide to River Basin Planning to help practitioners address the challenge of water security and unsustainable river management, and further the ambitions of many Indo-Pacific countries to improve their river basin management and cooperation of shared rivers across jurisdictional boundaries. BasinGuide describes the Australian experience in river basin planning, management and implementation and presents the key stages and issues that should be considered in this complex and politically contested process.

BasinGuide presents seven iterative stages for managing water resources by collaboratively establishing plans and governance arrangements for implementation and continuous improvement. Among a range of useful advice, the publication provides guidance on water sharing and allocation, resolving water disputes, improving water quality, community engagement and involvement, and adapting approaches to account for climate change. BasinGuide can be applied to any level within a multi-level governance system—from small catchments to large international transboundary river basins—and it can used by a range of policymakers and practitioners from all levels of government, as well as by non-government organisations, communities and stakeholder groups who are integral to achieving successful river basin outcomes.

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